In honor of the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Executive Order 13515 reestablishing the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the Initiative has released a Guide to Federal Agency Resources, an easy-to-use navigational tool on federal funding, programs, and resources available to assist organizations and individuals seeking to improve their quality of life of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Within this guide, individuals and organizations can find such information as grant opportunities, loan programs to help start a business, federal resources for food and housing for low-income individuals, and health-care programs for veterans and their families.
This guide also includes 10 Grantee Spotlights, featuring organizations and individuals who have successfully navigated the federal grant application process and can offer advice, by example, to prospective applicants.
The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders works collaboratively with the White House Office of Public Engagement and the designated federal agencies to increase Asian American and Pacific Islander participation in programs in education, commerce, business, health, human services, housing, environment, arts, agriculture, labor and employment, transportation, justice, veterans affairs, and economic and community development.
The Initiative seeks to highlight both the tremendous unmet needs in the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities as well as the dynamic community assets that can be leveraged to meet many of those needs. The Initiative focuses on crosscutting priority areas that may reach across all issue areas and agencies, including, for example, advancing research, data collection, analysis and dissemination for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, and ensuring access, especially linguistic access and cultural competence, for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and encouraging Asian American and Pacific Islander involvement in public service and civic engagement opportunities.